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NFL Week #3: Full TV schedule, Games, talent, market clearances, times; Al Michaels is off Sunday

Fox has the doubleheader and CBS the single game this weekend.

Week #3 starts with Thursday Night Football on NFL Network. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman call the action. The two will then head to Seattle for Sunday’s Dallas-Seattle game. That in itself is a 2,500 mile hike. Of the regional games, the Cowboys-Seahawks game goes to the largest part of the country, 72%. Buck soon faces his busiest time of the year when the baseball post season kicks in.

Al Michaels gets a few weeks off this season. His first night off will be Sunday when New Orleans hosts Green Bay. Mr. Everywhere, Mike Tirico, sits in, working with Cris Collinsworth. Al will be back the following Sunday night for the Eagles-Niners game in San Francisco.

Dick Stockton who does not work a full schedule will be busy for the third straight week. He’s not far from home, where he’ll call Detroit at Arizona.

Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will be in a familiar spot, Foxboro, Mass where the Patriots host the Las Vegas Raiders. The regional game will be seen in 35% of America.

Tom Brady and the Bucs will be in Denver Sunday. The telecast goes to 21% of the nation. Fox Newcomer Adam Amin on play-by-play with Mark Schlereth. Look for Amin to do some more baseball for Fox.

Kenny Albert finally gets to work his first NFL game. He missed the first two because of an NFL requirement for a 14 day period to sequester after crossing the border. He was in Canada for NHL assignments. Albert has a new partner this season, Jonathan Vilma. They’re on the Chicago-Atlanta matchup.

If you’re wondering, according to Sports Media Watch

“Week two of the NFL season brought increased viewership to all-but-one of the league’s broadcast partners.

“Sunday’s NFL national window (Chiefs-Chargers in 73% of markets) averaged a 10.1 rating and 18.87 million viewers on CBS, marking the lowest Week 2 rating in the window since at least 2000 and smallest audience since 2007 (17.44M).”


Thursday, Sept. 24 (8:20 p.m. ET)

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars, NFLN, (approx 65 million homes) Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Sunday, Sept. 27 (1:00 p.m. ET)

Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings, CBS (13%) Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Alpena, Bismarck, Bowling Green, Cadillac, Cape Girardeau, Cedar Rapids, Chattanooga, Columbus, Ms., Des Moines, Detroit, Dickinson, Duluth – Chisholm, Escanaba, Fargo, Flint, Florence, Glendive, Great Falls, Green Bay, Greenville, Ms; Helena, Huntsville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kalamazoo, Kirksville, Knoxville, La Crosse , Lansing, Madison, Mankato, Mason City, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Minot, Nashville, Peoria, Quincy, Rapid City, Reliance, Rock Island, Rockford, Sault Saint Marie, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Toledo, Walker, Wausau, Williston

Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots, CBS (35%) Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

Albany, Albuquerque, Anchorage, Bakersfield, Bangor, Baton Rouge, Bend, Billings, Biloxi, Birmingham, Boise, Boston, Bozeman, Burlington, Butte, Casper, Cheyenne, Chico, Colorado Springs, Columbus Ga., Coos Bay, Denver, Dodge City/Ensign, Dothan, Durango, Elmira-corning, Eugene, Eureka, Fairbanks, Fresno, Ft Myers , Gainesville, Goodland, Grand Island, Grand Junction, Hartford, Hattiesburg, Hays, Honolulu, Idaho Falls, Jackson, Jefferson City, Jonesboro, Juneau, Kalispell, Kansas City, Ketchikan, Lafayette, La., Lander, Las Vegas, Lewiston, Lincoln, Little Rock, Macon, Medford, Meridian, Miami , Missoula, Mobile, Monroe, Monterey, Montgomery, Montrose, New Orleans, North Platte, Omaha, Orlando, Panama City Beach, Pasco Phoenix Pittsburg Portland, Me; Portland, Or; Presque Isle  Providence, Reno, Rock Springs Roseburg Roswell Sacramento Salt Lake City San Francisco Santa Maria Savannah Scottsbluff/Gering Seattle Sitka Spokane Springfield St Joseph St. Louis Syracuse Tallahassee Tampa Topeka Tucson Twin Falls Utica W. Palm Beach Watertown Wichita Yakima 

Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons, Fox (35%) Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma

Albany, Alexandria, Alpena, Atlanta, Augusta, Baton Rouge, Biloxi, Birmingham, Bowling Green, Cedar Rapids, Champaign, Charleston, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Columbia, Columbia, Columbus, Columbus, Davenport, Des Moines, Detroit, Dothan, Duluth, Evansville, Fargo, Flint, Fort Myers, Fort Wayne, Gainesville, Grand Rapids, Green Bay, Greenville, Greenville, Greenwood, Hattiesburg, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jackson, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, Joplin, Kansas City, Knoxville, La Crosse, Lafayette, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Lansing, Lexington, Lincoln, Louisville, Macon, Madison, Mankato, Marquette, Memphis, Meridian, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Minot Mobile Monroe Montgomery Myrtle Beach Nashville New Orleans North Platte Omaha Orlando Ottumwa Paducah Panama City Peoria Quincy Rapid City Rochester Rockford Savannah Shreveport Sioux City Sioux Falls South Bend Springfield Springfield St. Joseph Tallahassee Tampa Terre Haute Topeka Traverse City Tri-Cities Wausau Wichita Wilmington

Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles, CBS (5%) Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

Cincinnati, Columbus, Oh., Dayton, Hazard, Lexington, Lima, Philadelphia

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers, CBS (17%) Ian Eagle, Charles Davis 

Abilene, Alexandria, Altoona, Amarillo, Austin, Baltimore, Beaumont, Bryan , Charlottesville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Erie, Ft Smith, Harlingen , Harrisburg, Harrisonburg, Houston, Huntington, Jacksonville, Lake Charles, Laredo, Lewisburg, Lubbock , Norfolk, Odessa, Oklahoma City, Parkersburg, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Roanoke, Rochester, Salisbury, San Angelo, San Antonio, Scranton, Sherman, Shreveport, Tulsa, Tyler, Victoria, Waco, Weston, Wheeling, Wichita Falls, Youngstown

Washington Football Team at Cleveland Browns, Fox, (26%) Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman

Abilene, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Austin, Baltimore, Beaumont, Bluefield, Charleston, Charlottesville, Cincinnati, Clarksburg, Cleveland, Columbus, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Dayton, El Paso, Erie, Fort Smith, Greensboro, Harlingen, Harrisburg, Harrisonburg, Houston, Johnstown, Laredo, Lima, Little Rock, Lubbock, Norfolk, Odessa, Oklahoma City, Parkersburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, Roanoke, Salisbury, San Angelo, San Antonio, Sherman, Toledo, Tulsa, Tyler, Victoria, Waco, Washington, Wheeling, Wichita Falls, Youngstown

Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills, Fox (23%) Chris Myers, Brock Huard, Greg Jenning

Anchorage, Bangor, Billings, Binghamton, Boise, Boston, Buffalo, Butte, Casper, Cheyenne, Denver, Elmira, Fairbanks, Grand Junction, Great Falls, Guam, Helena, Honolulu, Idaho Falls, Juneau, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Missoula, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Portland, Presque Isle, Providence, Rochester, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Spokane, Springfield, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tucson, Twin Falls, Utica, Watertown, West Palm Beach, Yakima, Yuma

San Francisco at New York Giants, Fox, (15%) Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston 

Albany, Bakersfield, Bend, Burlington, Chico, Eugene, Eureka, Fresno, Hartford, Medford, Monterey, New York, Portland, Puerto Rico, Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, US Virgin Islands, Wilkes-Barre

Sunday, Sept. 27 (4:05 p.m. ET)

Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers CBS (15%) Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon

Atlanta, Augusta, Charleston, Charlotte, Columbia, Florence, Greensboro, Greenville, NC, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Raleigh, San Diego, Spartanburg, Washington, Wilmington, Yuma

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts, CBS (15%) Kevin Harlan, Trent Green

Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Champaign, Chicago, Cleveland, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette,In., Louisville, New York, South Bend, Terre Haute

Sunday, Sept. 27 (4:25 p.m. ET)

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals, Fox, (6%) Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn

Alpena, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Marquette, Phoenix, South Bend, Toledo, Traverse City, Tucson, Yuma

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks, Fox, (72%) Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Abilene, Albany, Alexandria, Amarillo, Anchorage, Austin, Bakersfield, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Beaumont, Bend, Biloxi, Binghamton, Birmingham, Bluefield, Boise, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Butte, Champaign, Charleston, Charleston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chicago, Chico, Cincinnati, Clarksburg, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbia, Columbus, Columbus, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Davenport, Dayton, Des Moines, Dothan, Duluth, El Paso, Elmira, Erie, Eugene, Eureka, Fairbanks, Fargo, Fort Smith, Fort Wayne, Fresno, Great Falls, Green Bay, Greensboro, Greenville, Greenville, Greenwood, Guam, Harlingen, Harrisburg, Harrisonburg, Hattiesburg, Helena, Honolulu, Houston Huntsville Idaho Falls Indianapolis Jackson, Ms; Jackson, Tn; Johnstown Jonesboro Joplin Juneau Knoxville La Crosse Lafayette, In; Lafayette, La; Lake Charles Laredo Lexington Lima Little Rock Los Angeles Louisville Lubbock Madison Mankato Medford Memphis Meridian Milwaukee Minneapolis Minot Missoula Mobile Monroe Monterey Montgomery Myrtle Beach Nashville New Orleans New York Norfolk Odessa Oklahoma City Omaha Ottumwa Paducah Palm Springs Parkersburg Peoria Philadelphia Pittsburgh Portland Puerto Rico Quincy Raleigh Richmond Roanoke Rochester, NY; Rochester, Mn: Rockford Sacramento Salisbury San Angelo San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Santa Barbara Seattle Sherman Shreveport Spokane Springfield, Il; Springfield, Mo; St. Louis Syracuse Terre Haute Tri-Cities Tulsa Twin Falls Tyler US Virgin Islands Utica Victoria Waco Washington Watertown Wausau Wheeling Wichita, Wichita Falls Wilkes-Barre Wilmington Yakima Youngstown

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos, Fox (21%) Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth

Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Augusta, Bangor, Billings, Boston, Burlington, Casper, Cedar Rapids, Chattanooga, Cheyenne, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Denver, Evansville, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Grand Junction, Hartford, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Lincoln, Macon, Miami, North Platte, Orlando, Panama City, Portland, Presque Isle, Providence, Rapid City, Reno, Salt Lake City, Savannah, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Springfield, St. Joseph, Tallahassee, Tampa, Topeka, West Palm Beach

Sunday, Sept. 27 (8:20 p.m. ET)

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints, NBC (100%), Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth

Monday, Sept. 28 (8:15 p.m. ET)

KC Chiefs at Balt Ravens, ESPN, (approx 85 million homes) Steve Levy, Bob Griese, Louis Riddick

David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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Michael Green
3 years ago

As a Las Vegan, I kind of like the fact that our town’s team is the #1 game on CBS this week! And it’s interesting to look at the praise on Twitter for Tony Romo, who I don’t see as revolutionary but certainly as similar to John Madden in knowing the inside game but also clearly having fun while he does analysis. I admit to some curiosity. Clearly, NBC is beginning the transition from Al Michaels to Mike Tirico. But Bob Uecker’s friend Alfalfa is a mere stripe of a lad at 76, and his idol looks at 92 like… Read more »